SOUTHPORT – “We’re just 32 minutes away from playing for the sectional championship,” Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins said after his Crusaders defeated Trumansburg 63-50 in a Section 4 Class C boys basketball quarterfinal Saturday night at Notre Dame High.
To reach the title game, third-seeded Notre Dame (15-4) will have to get by No. 2 seed Newfield at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Newfield. The Trojans beat Unadilla Valley 57-34 in their quarterfinal matchup Saturday.
Notre Dame outscored the sixth-seeded Blue Raiders 17-1 over the last 61/2 minutes of the first quarter to lead 17-6 after the opening eight minutes. The Crusaders were up 31-16 at halftime and 49-23 after three quarters.
Senior guard Darius Garvin poured in 33 points for Notre Dame, which outscored Trumansburg 22-4 from the foul line. Joe Prunier and Parker May chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Hopkins thought his team did a good job at the other end of the floor, too.
“I was impressed with our defense. They’re a high-scoring team,” he said. “We made them take tough shots and we limited them to one shot per possession.”
Hopkins singled out May for his work on Austin Grunder, Trumansburg’s 6-foot-4 sophomore forward. Grunder led the Blue Raiders with 17 points, seven of them coming in the fourth quarter.
On Feb. 13, Grunder torched the Crusaders for 39 points in a 68-58 Blue Raiders victory at Trumansburg.
“Austin is a good player,” said Garvin, who had 29 points in that game. “We took a look at the film to see what we were doing wrong. We did a good job preparing to stop it.”
Trevor Rumsey added 16 points for the Blue Raiders (12-7). Twelve of them came in the fourth quarter.
“We kind of let the gym here get to us, the Notre Dame mystique,” Trumansburg coach Jeff Richards said, adding the difference in foul shots hurt the Blue Raiders’ cause.
Notre Dame had 28 attempts at the line to five for Trumansburg. In the Feb. 13 contest, Trumansburg outscored the Crusaders 26-12 from the charity stripe.
In the end, it was just too much Garvin. He distributed his points pretty evenly throughout the game: eight in the first quarter, seven in the second, nine in the third, and nine in the fourth.
“Darius was active and free,” Hopkins said. “We came out with a lot of emotion.”
Like Trumansburg, Newfield holds a victory over Notre Dame during the regular season, beating the Crusaders 58-41 on Dec. 12. Cole Banfield scored 24 points for the Trojans, while Garvin finished with 17, of which 11 came from the foul line.
“Newfield is a great program with a great coach,” Garvin said. “It was a good experience playing them. We’re a much better team now.”
Notre Dame/Trumansburg first half action at Notre Dame High School on Saturday. The Crusaders won 63-50 in the Section 4 Class C quarterfinal.
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